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The Last Time... With Gael Monfils


Monfils© AFP/Getty ImagesGael Monfils has been in action in Montpellier.

The gregarious Frenchman Gael Monfils is a fan favourite both on and off the court. The 27 year old is a four-time champion on the ATP World Tour and one of the more athletic and agile players to ever play the game.

The former World No. 7 has registered his best results on home soil, with a pair of runner-up finishes at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Paris and a semi-final run at Roland Garros in 2008. This week, while competing in singles at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier, he sat down with to discuss the last time…

I cooked for myself or others?
It was two days before Davis Cup. I cooked something simple. Pasta with tomato sauce and some steak.
I flew economy class?
Short trips are always in economy. For long trips, it was with my best friend who is here. I flew to Miami. It was a very long trip!! But in economy it was nice actually.
I met a childhood idol?
Everyday!!! My dad.
I shared a hotel room with another player?
This one is a long time ago. I can't remember. I know I have shared rooms with friends, but with another player it was Olympics with Gilles Simon.
I paid money to hire a court or buy tennis balls?
It was actually three days before the Davis Cup, in Geneva.
I played a practical joke in the locker room?
Every day. Thirty seconds ago (laughs).
I forgot a family member’s birthday?
No. Never!!!
Being famous helped me?
Everyday (laughs).
I strung a tennis racquet?
Two years ago. My dad has a stringing machine and I went there in Guadeloupe and I strung my own racquets.

I lost something important?
Maybe last week. I have some lucky toys and actually I forgot them in the hotel in India.
I last asked someone for their autograph?
Actually I never ask for autograph. I always ask for pictures. Last time was in December. I was in Los Angeles. I have a picture with some basketball players but the last one was with with Floyd Mayweather, the boxer.
I played another sport that might have caused me a minor injury?
I think last time was last year. I played soccer and I took the ball in my face and actually twisted my jaw.
I was asked if I was a tennis player?
Last week (laughs).
I missed a flight?
It was funny. A couple years ago. I think I over slept in Frankfurt. I arrived from Las Vegas and I missed my flight home. It was stupid because it was like maybe four hours wait in the airport and I actually woke up two hours after the flight left.
I heard/told a good joke?
Never!! (laughs). No, yesterday Hugo (the ATP physio) told one. He is the best.
I failed an exam?
Easy. Years ago I failed the exam for the driving license. But I have one now.

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